Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Stampin fool...

I have been having so much fun stamping the last few days! I made two cards last night and then the sketch challenge for today. Of course it still takes forever to get ONE card done because I need to get up every 2 minutes because someone needs something lol. Gotta work with what you have right?

Supplies: Stamps- One of a kind, Paisley. Paper- Sage shadow, white, black. Ink- sage shadow, black stazon. Accessories- rhinestones, dimensionals.

This is the card that I made for today's sketch challenge. I figured since I've had at least a week long break from my favorite two sets that I could sneak them out again ;)

Supplies: Stamps- Natural beauty, embrace life. Paper- river rock, very vanilla, cameo coral, groovy guava, Ginger blossom DP. Ink- River rock, groovy guava, cameo coral, black stazon. Accessories- rhinestones, corner punch, stardust gelly roll pen, scallop scissors, swiss dots embossing folder.

Supplies: Stamps- Blooming with love. Paper- cranberry crisp, blush blossom, white, DP by Basic Grey. Ink- black stazon, cranberry crisp, rose red, blush blossom, basic grey. Accessories- Crystal effects, stardust gelly roll pen, brads.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Color challenge

Today's color challenge was to use Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky and Basic Black. I have loved this hostess set since the first time that I saw it and now that I own it, I was having a hard time coming up with something lol! Here is my card. Each of the leaves are cut out and popped up with dimensionals and the flowers on the bottom have stickles.

Supplies- Stamps- Spring Solitude. Paper- Purely pomegranate, soft sky, black, white. Ink- black stazon, purely pomegranate. Accessories- SU markers (garden green & close to cocoa), dimensionals, stardust gelly roll pen, skickles, fine line black pen, corner punch
I was so inspired by this card that I received in the mail from my friend Rhonda yesterday, that I just had to case it!

And here is my take on her beautiful card-

Supplies: Stamps- fabulous flowers, Pretty amazing. Paper- Rose red, regal rose, white. Ink- Old olive, rose red, regal rose, black stazon. Accessories- corner punch, rhinestones, dimensionals

Monday, April 28, 2008

Lots of stuff today!

The winner of the card give away this week is comment # 10, Sara Frawley! Congratulations Sara! Email me your info and which card you would like and I will get that out to you.

Today's challenge card was very fun to make. I'm not sure that I'm crazy about how the So Saffron layer turned out. I think that if I were to redo it I would probably make it white instead. The humming bird was water colored with SU inks.
Supplies: Stamps- Pretty Amazing, Full of life, Canvas. Paper- Old olive, white, pumpkin pie, so saffron, rose red. Ink- Old olive, rose red, black stazon. Accessories- clear embossing powder, white gel pen, paper crimper, stardust gelly roll pen, paper piercer, dimensionals.

Next are some close ups of the cards that I was giving away for this week's card give away.

Supplies: Stamps- Pretty amazing. Paper- Always artichoke, white, rose red, black. Ink- black stazon, rose red, always artichoke. Accessories- Scallop scissors, paper piercer, dimensionals, rhinestones, corner punch, colored pencils, odorless mineral spirits.

(This card is similar to one that I had made for a challenge last week. I am trying to use my older stamps that don't see ink very often and here is what I came up with. The colors on the dragon fly are paper pieced on colored scrap paper.)

Supplies: Stamps- Dragonfly (michaels $1), Simply said. Paper- Certainly celery, pretty in pink, white, chocolate chip. Ink- Black stazon, certainly celery, pretty in pink. Accessories- Horizontal slot punch, ribbon, swiss dots cuttlebug folder, corner punch,

Supplies: Stamps- Inkadinkado. Paper- white. Ink- basic black. Accessories- ribbon.

Supplies: Stamps- Blooming with love. Paper- DP (unknown) chocolate chip, mellow moss, white. Ink- black stazon, regal rose, pale plum, certainly celery. Accessories- stardust gelly roll pen, dimensionals, brads, corner punch.


Some of you have asked what punch I use for the corners of some of my cards. I use this scallop corner punch by Marvy Uchida. I got mine at JoAnn's over a year ago and I'm not sure if they still have this particular punch. I'm pretty sure that you can still buy it online though.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Week in Review (April 21-27) & Card Give Away!

Today's week in review post is a little late. Today we got to go the dragon boat races, farmer's market and play at the water fountain. Talk about a good time! We have had such a wonderful weekend, and I hope that you did too!

Here is my week in review-

I have a few more cards that I'm working on but they aren't quite finished so I will post them next week. I love how they are turning out so far!

Card Give Away- Leave me a comment on this post and tomorrow I will pick a winner with a random number generator. That person will then get to pick out their favorite card from this week and I will send it to them. Last week's winner was all the way in Malaysia. Finally, my cards are slowly making it across the world ;)

I will also be doing a blog candy this week, so keep an eye out for it!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Dollar Find Friday! (Chocolate box)

If you guys are anything like me, you keep random stuff with the thought that someday you will alter it. So today is going to be more of a Freebie Find Friday instead of Dollar Find Friday lol! This last week, I was making a gift basket for my aunt for her birthday. I had picked up a bunch of these cute teal and black office supply type things at Michael's dollar spot. I thought that I had an extra basket at home but couldn't find one. So I started digging through my "alter-ables box" to see what I could use. I came across this chocolate box that I have been "saving" for over a year lol! So today I'm going to show you what I came up with for this box.

Chocolate box
Black acrylic paint
Acrylic sealer
White stazon
Stamp set of your choice

Step 1- Paint the box inside and out (both top and bottom). I needed to do three coats to get complete coverage. In between each coat, I dried the paint with my heat gun. I'm not one for patients :) The paint will be a little "bubbly" but I thought that it was a nice touch.

Step 2- When the third coat was dry, I sprayed acrylic sealer on the outside of the box to help protect it. I let the sealer dry overnight before I finished decorating it.

Step 3- I first stamped my flowers in white stazon directly on the box. Then I stamped the larger flowers and leaves on white card stock, cut them out and adhered them on top. I used my cuttlebug to cut out the letters to put my aunt's name on the box. And last but certainly not last- I added rhinestones!

I thought that the box turned out pretty cute and coordinated with the office supplies perfectly.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Snip, snip...

I had to giggle to myself when I saw that the challenge for today was to use scissors. I just received some new rubber last night and I was cutting for hours! The last thing that I wanted to do this morning was cut more stuff out lol. So I decided to use two of my new stamps and did the least amount of cutting that I could do to be able to participate in this challenge. I used cameo coral for the butterflies to give a little color to the card. They are cut out and popped up on dimensionals.

Supplies: Stamps- Essence of love, Tres chic. Paper- Basic grey, sage Shadow, white glossy. Ink- Basic grey, sage shadow, cameo coral, soft sky. Accessories- make up sponge, paper crimper, scallop scissors, corner punch, paper piercer, dimensionals.

Tomorrow is dollar find friday!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Fish tank fiasco!

The last couple of days have been so stressful that I just haven't really feel like creating. Don't you hate days like that?! I know that stamping would make me feel better but I just did not have the chance to escape to my craft room. Today I finally just bit the bullet and went for it. After getting up every 2-3 min. (not even kidding!) I finally got a good five minutes to just sit and stamp. Then I hear my oldest say "Mommy, Kayla is messing with my beta!" Kayla is the two year old diva. I go into the kitchen and there is Kayla sitting on top of the island. *who knows how she got up there this time* trying frantically to get the lid back on to Clara-the-male-but-we're-pretending-it's-a-girl 's fish tank. That wouldn't be too bad but..... she had spilled the entire container of fish food all over the counter AND in the fish tank! So I had to take a break to clean out the fish tank. *sigh*

Here is the sketch challenge for today-

And here is my card
I combined it with yesterday's sketch challenge which was to use chocolate chip, pretty in pink and certainly celery.

Supplies: Stamps- Rubberstampede Cherry blossom, TAC Trendy Greetings. Paper- chocolate chip, pretty in pink, certainly celery, white. Ink- black stazon, chocolate chip, pretty in pink, certainly celery. Accessories- Cuddlebug and Swiss dots embossing folder, ribbon, SU punch.
Please check out the poll on the top right side of my blog, I would love your input!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Gift card holder

I was just re-reading my post from yesterday and I don't think that I made myself clear about the card give away. I'm not giving away all of the cards available, the winner gets to choose their favorite of the cards and I will send it to them. Sorry for the confusion!!

The winner for this weeks card give away is comment #4 Bunny B! Please email me your selection along with your address and I will get it out to you!

Also I received an email from Amy, our blog candy winner. Congrats again Amy!


The challenge on splitcoast today was to make an adorable gift card holder. Very simple and a lot of fun to make. You can check out the challenge HERE. Here is mine- ( I thought that this would be great for a Starbucks gift card!)

Supplies: Stamps- Like it a latte. Paper- Blush blossom, close to cocoa, very vanilla. Ink- Close to cocoa, blush blossom, basic black, Sahara sand. Accessories- stardust gelly roll pen, dimensionals, paper crimper, scallop scissors, paper piercer, clear embossing powder.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Week in Review (April 14-20) & Card Give away!

I am happy to say that this week is a whole lot more productive than the last couple of weeks. Wahoo! I made a total of 18 cards this week! The bottom 12 cards I made for some of my SCS stalkin friends.

Card Give away- The cards that are available for the give away are the ones that are on top. (There are 6 of them) Leave me a comment on this post and I will use a random number generator to pick a winner from the comments left. Good luck!

I still haven't heard back from AMY, the winner of the blog candy. Please e-mail me your info so that I can get your goodies out to you! If I don't hear back from her by Wednesday morning the blog candy will be back up for grabs.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Dollar Find Friday (Photo magnets)

Our winner of the blog candy- Comment #9 AMY. Amy, thank you so much for your kind comment! Please e-mail me your info so I can get your goodies out to you!.


Today's Dollar Find Friday project is super easy! I am just giving a basic tutorial on how to use this product but the possibilities are endless! I love photo magnets, they are perfect gifts for family.

Photo Magnets


Magnetic sheet (with adhesive on one side) I found this at my local Dollar Tree

Pictures- I just printed off some pictures onto 4x6 photo paper.

Step 1- Cut out pictures.

Step 2- Cut out enough of the magnetic sheet that will fit all of the pictures.

Step 3- Peel off the sticker backing

Step 4- place your photos on the sticky side. You can use a bone folder to make sure that you got all of the air bubbles out.

Step 5- Trim the excess magnet away from the pictures.

All done!

Another thing you could do is add stamped images to the magnet like I did here. These were so quick and fun to make, I hope that you'll give it a try!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I love garden whimsy!

I have been wanting to use my Garden Whimsy set for a couple of weeks now so last night I sat down to play with it. This was the very first set out of the new catty that I just HAD to have. Sad thing is, I don't think that I've used it that much lol! I used the cloud technique for the back ground. The flowers are stamped onto the background ( I had to use painters tape to mask the stamp to get the separate colors because I only have a few SU markers). I then cut out just the blossom of the flowers and put them on the card using dimensionals. For the butterfly I masked it, and stamped the butterfly onto the background. I then added the wing to make it look like it was actually flying.

Supplies: Stamps- Garden whimsy, happy harmony. Paper- White. Ink- Real red, certainly celery, Soft sky, almost amethyst, chocolate chip. Supplies- dimensionals, stardust gelly roll pen, cloud template, makeup sponge, painters tape, SU markers (Garden green and Chocolate chip)

Today's challenge over at splitcoast was to use something acrylic on our card/project. Imagine my delight when I found out rhinestones were acrylic!! Wahoo! I used the PTI set Limitless labels again. I've been having a stressful morning and my creativity has been completely zapped. I'm not too happy with this card.....
Supplies: Stamps- PTI Limitless labels. Paper- Perfect plum, pale plum, white. Ink- Perfect plum, pale plum. Accessories- rhinestones, scallop scissors, stickles.

I have a fun project planned for tomorrow's Dollar Find Friday so don't forget to check back!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Two cards today!

Today's sketch is a great one, lots of possibilities!

Here is my card. Are you guys totally sick of these two sets yet? lol! I water colored the flowers using ink and added some stardust gelly roll pen to them for some added sparkle.
Supplies: Stamps- Embrace Life, Natural beauty. Paper- Certainly celery, Old olive, Groovy guava, Blush blossom, white. Ink- Black stazon, Groovy guava, Blush blossom, Old olive. Accessories- Paper crimper, dimensionals, stardust gelly roll pen, paper piercer, scallop scissors, corner rounder.
Last night I made another card for yesterday's color challenge. My original goal was to use an older stamp set (Be Happy) and find a new use for it, but I ended up pulling out my Fabulous Flowers. Funny how that works huh?

Supplies: Stamps- Fabulous flowers. Paper- Basic grey, blush blossom, groovy guava. Ink- Versamark, blush blossom, groovy guava. Accessories- clear embossing powder, rhinestones, dimensionals, scallop scissors.
TIP- If you want to embossing something and don't have the right craft ink, stamp your stamp in versamark and then onto your regular stamp pad. Then complete the embossing process. Works beautifully!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Color challenge & Blog candy!

I was so relieved to see the colors for today's challenge. Basic Grey, Groovy Guava and Blush Blossom. Definitely colors that I could work with! I love all of the PTI sets but only own Limitless Labels. I tried to come up with a new way to use them instead of just for nugget wrappers and here is what I came up with-

Supplies: Stamps- PTI Limitless Labels, canvas. Paper- Basic Grey, Blush blossom, white. Ink- Basic grey, groovy guava. Accessories- ribbon, rhinestones, corner rounder, slit punch


As a thank you to everyone who takes the time to stop by my blog, I am offering some blog candy!


  • 1 ft. each of 18 colors of grosgrain ribbon
  • 8 -1/4 sheets of quality white paper embossed with the new Swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Buttons
  • Different sizes and colors of prima flowers
  • Colored rhinestones
  • Cloud template
  • 5 makeup sponges (for cloud technique)

To enter, just leave me a comment on this post and I will use a random number generator to choose a winner on Friday. Good luck!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Double pocket card

This whole crafting with kids thing is not an easy task! It literally took me 5 1/2 hours to get this challenge completed! But it's done now *whew*. It was a lot of fun to make these double pocket cards. Thanks Judy for the great tutorial!

Supplies: Stamps- Embrace Life, Natural beauty, Happy Harmony. Paper- Old olive, pumpkin pie, So saffron, Ruby red, White. Ink- black stazon, old olive, cameo coral, rose red. Accessories- scallop scissors, ribbon, glitter glue, rhinestones, sewing machine, cuttlebug embossing folder, circle punch, brads.
The winner of this weeks card give away is comment number 3 -Shirley! Way to go Shirley! Let me know which card you would like and I'll get it in the mail for you.

I also said that I would be doing a blog candy today but that it have to be put off a little longer. Hopefully tomorrow I will have some things for you guys!